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India calls on UN not to rap Myanmar over rights


Indian parliament during 2015 Budget session

Indian parliament during 2015 Budget session Photo: EPA

India has asked UN members to drop the annual ritual of passing a resolution on Myanmar’s human rights situation saying that the gesture would encourage the reforms underway there, reports India.com on April 26. 

Speaking April 24 at a meeting of the Partnership Group for Peace, Development and Democracy in Myanmar, Indian Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji noted that in Rakhine State, the Myanmar government “has taken steps towards restoration of law and order and has expressed readiness to cooperate with UN and other humanitarian agencies regarding rehabilitation of those affected by violence.”

“We urged member states to agree to the discontinuation of annual resolutions on the human rights situation in Myanmar,” Mr Mukerji said, noting the scale of the political and economic reforms that have already taken place in the country.

The last resolution on human rights in Myanmar was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December. 

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